Laura A Czajkowski

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Publications (5)12.76 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Recent research suggests that poor sleep may be associated with altered stress regulation. PURPOSE: This study aims to examine the associations between prior-night and prior-month sleep measures and affective, cognitive, and physiological responses to a laboratory stressor. METHODS: Ninety-eight (50 % female) young adults completed measures of sleep quality in the context of a laboratory stress study. Measures included positive (PA) and negative affects (NA) and blood pressure (BP) reactivity, as well as change in pre-sleep arousal. RESULTS: Prior-month poor sleep quality and sleep disturbances predicted dampened BP reactivity. Both prior-night and prior-month sleep quality predicted greater decrease in PA. Sleep-associated monitoring predicted NA reactivity and prolonged cognitive and affective activation. Prior-month sleep continuity predicted greater cognitive pre-sleep arousal change, and prior-month sleep quality, daytime dysfunction, and disturbances predicted prolonged cognitive and affective activation. CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that inadequate sleep confers vulnerability to poor cognitive, affective, and physiological responses to stress.
    Annals of Behavioral Medicine 03/2013; · 4.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and quality of life for both patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and their spouses. However, few studies have investigated spousal involvement in treatment adherence. Aims of this observational study were to assess perceptions of spousal involvement and evaluate associations between involvement and adherence. Spousal involvement in CPAP adherence was assessed in 23 married male OSA patients after the first week of treatment. At 3 months, 16 participants completed a second assessment of spousal involvement. Types of involvement assessed included positive (e.g., encouraging), negative (e.g., blaming), collaboration (e.g., working together), and one-sided (e.g., asking). An interpersonal measure of supportive behaviors was also administered at 3 months to evaluate the interpersonal qualities of spousal involvement types. Objective CPAP adherence data were available for 14 participants. Average frequency of spousal involvement ratings were low for each involvement type and only negative spousal involvement frequency decreased at 3 month follow-up (p = 0.003). Perceptions of collaborative spousal involvement were associated with higher CPAP adherence at 3 months (r = 0.75, p = 0.002). Positive, negative and one-sided involvement were not associated with adherence. Collaborative spousal involvement was associated with moderately warm and controlling interpersonal behaviors (affiliation, r = 0.55, p = 0.03, dominance r = 0.47, p = 0.07). Patients reported low frequency but consistent and diverse perceptions of spousal involvement in CPAP over the first 3 months of treatment. Perceptions of collaborative spousal involvement were the only type associated with adherence and represent moderately warm and controlling interpersonal behavior. Interventions to increase spousal collaboration in CPAP may improve adherence.
    Journal of clinical sleep medicine: JCSM: official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 01/2012; 8(2):147-53. · 2.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves depressive symptoms and daytime sleepiness in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, there is variability in response to CPAP. This study examined individual differences in the daily associations between CPAP use and improvements in affect and sleepiness patients beginning CPAP. This observational repeated measures study involved 31 CPAP-naïve patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea at an academic sleep disorders center. Patients completed pre-treatment assessments of OSA knowledge, expectations for CPAP, and treatment self-efficacy as well as a repeated daily assessment of positive affect and negative affect, sleepiness/fatigue, and CPAP adherence for 10 days beginning the first week of treatment. Data were analyzed using multilevel modeling. Nightly CPAP adherence predicted improvements in next-day positive affect, negative affect, and sleepiness/fatigue. The apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), treatment self-efficacy, and outcome expectancies were significant moderators of day-to-day improvement. Higher self-efficacy and lower AHI were associated with a stronger relationship between adherence and next-day improvements in positive affect and sleepiness. Very high-outcome expectances were associated with a weaker relationship between adherence and next-day improvements in sleepiness. Subjective sleepiness at pre-treatment did not give moderate improvements in next-day affect. Although CPAP use predicted daily improvements in affect and sleepiness for the majority of patients, patients with lower AHI, greater treatment self-efficacy, and moderate outcome expectancies reported stronger daily benefits from CPAP. For patients with high-treatment efficacy, adherence may be reinforced by a stronger link between adherence and daily improvements.
    Sleep And Breathing 09/2011; 15(3):599-606. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the effects of spousal involvement on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) adherence and response to CPAP problems in male patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Wives' involvement (pressure, support, and collaboration), CPAP adherence and CPAP problems (e.g., mask leaks) were assessed for 10 days in 31 male OSA patients. Disease severity and pre-treatment ratings of relationship quality were tested as moderators of daily associations in multilevel models. Effects of wives' involvement were tested as predictors of day-to-day adherence and average nightly adherence at 3 months. Perception of wives' support predicted increased adherence only in patients with high disease severity. Collaboration increased following nights with lower adherence and greater CPAP problems. Patients with lower conflict in the relationship reported a greater increase in collaboration associated with CPAP problems. Patients with lower support in the relationship reported increased next-day support following nights with CPAP problems. Perceived pressure from the wife was not associated with increased adherence in day-to-day analyses and associated with poorer adherence at 3 months. The relationship between wives' involvement and adherence was bidirectional and influenced by disease and relationship context. The majority of findings demonstrated increased positive wife involvement as a reaction to adherence and problems with CPAP. Supportive and collaborative interventions have the potential to improve CPAP adherence and response to CPAP-related problems, particularly in patients with high disease severity. Pressure to use CPAP from the wife was not beneficial for adherence that day and predicted poorer adherence at 3 months. Further research is needed to test supportive spousal involvement as an adherence intervention.
    Sleep And Breathing 09/2011; 15(3):525-34. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The prospective influence of relationship support and conflict on adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was examined over the first 3 months of CPAP treatment in 42 married, male patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). CPAP adherence reports were available for 23 patients. Patient ratings of marital conflict predicted average nightly adherence (beta = -0.357, p < .05), but ratings of marital support did not predict adherence. Three-month follow-up ratings of marital support and conflict, subjective sleepiness, depression, and functional impairment were available for 16 patients from the first sample. Six additional patients without adherence reports provided baseline and 3-month follow-up questionnaire data, which resulted in a total of 22 patients with follow-up questionnaire data. Following 3 months of CPAP, patients reported decreased marital conflict (d = 0.43, p < .05), sleepiness (d = 1.13, p < .001), depression (d = 0.73, p < .001), and functional impairment (d = 1.48, p < .001). These findings highlight the importance of evaluating marital conflict for OSA patients and suggest marital conflict may be a target for interventions to improve CPAP adherence.
    Behavioral Sleep Medicine 02/2009; 7(1):22-36. · 1.13 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

40 Citations
12.76 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2009–2013
    • University of Utah
      • • Department of Psychology
      • • Department of Psychiatry
      Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 2011–2012
    • Northwestern University
      • • Feinberg School of Medicine
      • • Department of Neurobiology
      Evanston, IL, United States